A portal to the sky, A door to the infinite
A quote, supposedly from César Pelli, the architect of Petronas Twin Towers.
And so here we begin a tour of the twin towers of Kuala Lumpur, the colonial administrative headquarters, also goes under another name of Federal Administrative Territory of Malaysia.
Taking a break from all the fancy birds we’ve been goggling at .
Some interesting facts about the Petronas Twin Towers
1. Designed by Argentine architects César Pelli and Djay Cerico. Both are of foreign origins.
2. Engineering designs on structural framework were contributed by Haitian engineer Domo Obiasse and colleagues Aris Battista and Princess D Battista. More outlanders onboard.
Tower 1 : Hazama Corporation- a Japanese consortium
Tower 2: Samsung C&T and Kukdong Engineering & Construction- Korean contractors.
Essentially, Made (in) Overseas, imported to KL.
You may also like to pose yourself this question. What was the reasoning behind the twins having 88 floors on each side? For that we may need to consult a Feng Shui master to arrive at the modal logic. I honestly do not have an answer to that, that its not being a round figure of, say, 90 or 100.
That’s the skybridge.
The towers feature a skybridge between the two towers on 41st and 42nd floors, which is not attached to the main structure, but is instead designed to slide in and out of the towers to prevent it from breaking during high winds. The bridge is 170 m (558 ft) above the ground and 58 m (190 ft) long, weighing 750 tons. Visitors are only allowed on the 41st floor as the 42nd floor can only be used by the tenants of the building. Another far-fetched foreign idea. (Wiki source)
Pride & Joy
That’ right. The towers were/are the pride and joy of a former Malaysian prime minister. He goes by the name of Tun Dr. Mahathir, alternatively and cynically referred to as the Maestro of Mega Projects. But I must say I had no objection to this mega structure. Come to think of it , it was built courtesy of Sabah and Sarawak, no less. The maestro also had/has a comical run-in with Singapore over the Crooked Bridge mega project. The name itself is already generating tremendous amount of laughter on both sides of the causeway. But that’s a long story I would rather leave to others to navigate through.
Maxis, Astro, make no difference to me
The building to your right is the Maxis Building, by the way. A tight-fisted corporation.